Start out by picking your supplies. I used a 3H pencil for final details/light shading, a B pencil for general shading and sketching, and a 3B pencil for my darkest shading. I also used mixed media paper for this drawing.
Start by sketching in some basic shapes with a B pencil. Get basic shapes to represent the head, thorax, and abdomen.
Lightly sketch in the head features. Don't worry about details yet.
Sketch in the thorax and wings. Also sketch in the first leg segments.
Sketch in some guidelines for the mosquito's legs. Just use lines for the limbs and circles for the joints.
Build the mosquito's legs around the guidelines. You can erase your guidelines as you move along with the sketch.
Sketch in the abdomen sections to finish up your sketch.
Erase any unnecessary guidelines then lightly go over your lines again with a B pencil.
Use a piece of paper towel or tissue to blend over your drawing. If you used a soft enough pencil for sketching and made your lines dark enough, you won't lose all of your lines by blending.
For this step I used a 3B pencil to lightly shade in the head features. Shade as lightly as you can. Add any highlights using an eraser as well.
I added some detail and went over my shading with a B pencil here. The easiest way to go about this is by working your way inwards from the outlines and shading the darkest areas first. You can go over the darkest areas with a 3B pencil if a B pencil isn't producing dark enough values.
Use a 3B pencil to roughly shade in the bottom half of the thorax as well as the foremost legs.
Use a B pencil to refine your shading. Again, go over your darkest areas with a 3B pencil to make them even darker.
Roughly shade in the rest of the thorax, the wings, and the rest of the legs.
Roughly shade in the abdomen.
Start defining your shading from left to right using a B pencil.
Define the wings, abdomen and legs. Use a B pencil to shade as much as you can then use a 3B pencil on the darkest areas.
Use a 3B pencil to add some light/rough shading to the background. This is completely optional; you can do anything you want with your background.
Here I used some paper towel to blend over my background as well as to blend the furthermost legs into the background.
Now you can start adding finishing details from left to right. I used a 3H pencil for the most minute details and to smooth out my lightest shading. Go over your outlines with a B pencil and use a 3B pencil to smooth out your darkest shading.
Finish up your detail and smooth out your background some more by lightly shading with a 3H pencil/blending with a blending stump. Call your drawing done once you've gone over all of you shading and lines once more. As much as I detest mosquitoes in real life, I have to admit that I learned a lot from drawing them! Let me know how you do with this drawing!
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